Summer Associate

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sienna.ann
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Summer Associate

Postby sienna.ann » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:15 pm

I'm a 0L and wanted to find out about 1 and 2 L summer associate/clerkships. Do they generally run the entire summer, or do you get a couple of weeks off after school ends/before school begins again?

acrossthelake
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Re: Summer Associate

Postby acrossthelake » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:19 pm

Varies greatly depending on the program. Most run 8-10 weeks. Between the law review competition and EIP, I get a grand 3 days of summer vacation between the end of finals and the start of school, but most people get a week on one end or the other.

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Re: Summer Associate

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:11 pm

1L summer is tough due to journal write-on competitions (at the beginning of the summer at most schools) and OCI interviews (at the end of the summer). You generally only end up with a week or so with no obligations at all.

2L summer, most people get a month or so free.

sienna.ann
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Re: Summer Associate

Postby sienna.ann » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:24 pm

thanks guys :)

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kalvano
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Re: Summer Associate

Postby kalvano » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:19 pm

Are you in Texas or the South? 2L summer clerkships tend to be split there. So you'd do 6 weeks at one firm and 6 weeks at another.

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monkey85
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Re: Summer Associate

Postby monkey85 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:31 pm

sienna.ann wrote:or do you get a couple of weeks off after school ends/before school begins again?


Bigger programs also grant multiple start dates even for 2L SAs. My firm had three options. If you have those options you can either: (1) give yourself "breathing room" once finals are over; or (2) jump right in, finish earlier in the summer, and take your long break right before Fall semester.

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Richie Tenenbaum
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Re: Summer Associate

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:39 pm

I think summer lasts a little over 14 weeks at UT. Like previously stated, I think most firms outside of Texas allow between 8-10 weeks. In Texas, split summers are still done, which usually require a minimum of 6 and 6 at each firm. (Texas firms may be moving away from split summers though.)

Usually you'll have some flexibility on start and end dates.




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